Research course


University of Sussex · School of Business, Management and Economics

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in economics.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Economics
  • MPhil in Economics

There are two modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route required by the ESRC for its studentship support.

All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training modules and to take other modules that may be recommended by the supervisor of their research (exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level).

Recent thesis titles
  • Enterprise development and informality: case studies from Mozambique
  • Essays on firm-level responses to globalisation: evidence from Mexican producers
  • Essays on human capital formation of youth in the Middle East: the roles of migrant remittances in Jordan and armed conflict in Lebanon
  • Exchange-rate expectations, uncertainty and output in the Southern Cone
  • Poverty within tropical forest: assets and activities to develop pro-poor forest conservation
  • The impact of development interventions in Ethiopia: foreign aid, aid for trade and agricultural technology
  • The role of market imperfections in shaping rural household livelihoods: evidence from South Africa

Information for international students

See link for international students' entry requirements:

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£15,100 per year

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 872717